Family of knife frenzy man pray for his victims
AN Irishman killed in Germany after going on a stabbing spree that left three people in hospital had lived a tragic life and had died tragically, a priest told mourners at his funeral.
Tragic Enda McLaughlin (27) died when he was hit by a car being driven by a British couple near the German town of Acchen three weeks ago. He had suffered life-long mental health issues.
Mr McLaughlin, from Glentogher, Co Donegal, stabbed a Dutch taxi driver who had driven him over the border from the Netherlands and then minutes later he stabbed a 49-year-old pedestrian when he refused to hand over money.
When a second taxi driver left McLaughlin at a motorway service station, the Donegal man stabbed an Estonian lorry driver before being knocked down on a road nearby. He died at the scene.
His family said he never got over his mother leaving them when he was just three.
The dead man was known to almost everyone in Carndonagh because of his many previous crimes, yet more than 400 people turned out to pay their respects at yesterday's funeral at the Church of the Sacred Heart in the Inishowen town.
Speaking at the funeral Mass, Parish Priest Father Con McLaughlin said the McLaughlin family wished to remember the victims of the attack.
"We pray for Enda, his family and friends today, and the entire community here," said the priest.
"And we also pray for those who were injured and who were left deeply traumatised by the events and for the community and people of Acchen."
Fr McLaughlin said two communities had been struck by the tragedy.
During Mass, a picture of Enda, his father and siblings was carried to the altar by friends, some of whom wept throughout the service.
Mr McLaughlin's remains were repatriated last week. He had dozens of previous convictions for violent offences. However, his sister Catherine said he suffered from bipolar disorder and called on the Government to invest more resources in dealing with repeat offenders with mental health issues.